This a tremendous day for the Edmonton Oilers organization. No matter how well the player Justin Schultz turns out, the management accomplished a big deal this afternoon: they went head to head with some outstanding organizations and won the day.
I won’t argue the built in advantages (blueline depth, or lack of) and I won’t argue the role luck must have played, but we’ve seen this movie end badly in recent times. No talent heading out of town, a player who can grow with the cluster, and someone who clearly was worth a lot of attention from the reaction of talent scouts.
Well done, Edmonton Oilers.
The player Justin Schultz sounds like a real good acquisition, we’ll find out more as time rolls on. We’ve discussed him here, but Thomas Drance does a very nice job giving us a thumbnail sketch here.
And perhaps, by way of NHLE we can place Schultz in perspective when compared to the current blue prospects playing junior or college:
- Justin Schultz 15-25-40*
- Martin Gernat 4-19-23
- Martin Marincin 5-12-17
- Brandon Davidson 5-12-17*
- Kyle Bigos 4-13-17*
- Dillon Simpson 2-13-15
- David Musil 3-8-11
*Davidson was 20, Schultz 21, Bigos 22.
I’m going to have a beer and then I’m going to have another one.